LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection
Inside front cover board sewing (detail), BR65.I8 D4 1605 Cage.
From the library of Edward Gwynn, bound in brown speckled calfskin, with two fore-edge clasps.
Country / Style:
17th century (early)
BR65.I8 D4 1605 Cage
Edward Gwynn (d. ca. 1645), bound for.
Isidore, of Pelusium, Saint, 5th cent.
[De interpretatione divinae scripturae epistolarum]. Tou en hagiois patros Isidōrou tou Pēlousiōtou Eis tēn hermēneian tēs theias graphēs epistolōn biblia tessara
Created / Published:
[Heidelberg] : Ex officina Commeliniana, MDCV 
The textblock was sewn on five parchment thongs laced through pulp boards at angles from left to right. The endpapers were two leaves folded and sewn with short guards, one of the sheets is printer's waste (II Maccabees). The edges of the texblock are colored red (colored after the headband was sewn). The headbands were sewn with blue thread with a front bead over a reed core.
220 x 352 x 49 mm.
The binding was closed with two brass clasps attached in the traditional English manner with the hasp catching onto the back cover. The hasps are missing, but they were originally attached to leather straps lined to vellum (previously cut away). The strap plates were simple (not decorated) rectangular brass plates. The catch plates are large decorated square brass plates with iron catch bars, chased with five acorn decorations. All pieces have been attached to the boards with cut brass nails.
Tooled with a triple blind line fillet border made of a thick line flanked by thin lines, stamped in gilt on the front cover is "EDWARD GWYNN" with a small five petal flower tool between the names. On the back cover the same triple blind line fillet border and stamped in gilt the initials "EG". The spine was blind tooled with the triple line fillet dividing it into 6 panels that do not correspond to the sewing supports. It was later tooled with gilt double lines and a red gilt label. The edges of the boards are gilt with a block and bar decorative roll.
Binding Terms (RBMS):
Thongs -- England -- 17th century.